U.S. restricts visas to Chinese officials involved in crackdown on Muslims

The State Department on Tuesday imposed visa restrictions on Chinese officials that Washington accuses of engaging in an abusive crackdown against Muslim ethnic minorities in northwest China.

“The Chinese government has instituted a highly repressive campaign against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement announcing restrictions.

Mr. Pompeo added that Chinese officials have targeted the groups with “mass detentions in internment camps; pervasive, high-tech surveillance; draconian controls on expressions of cultural and religious identities; and coercion of individuals to return from abroad to an often perilous fate in China.”

The visa restrictions will block U.S. travel access to “Chinese government and Communist Party officials who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, the detention or abuse of Uighurs, Kazakhs, or other members of Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang,” the secretary of state said, adding that “family members of such persons may also be subject to these restrictions.”

The announcement marked the last in a mounting push by the Trump administration to pressure China over its actions in Xinjiang — actions that international rights groups have condemned over the past year.

While the State Department did not offer details on specific Chinese officials being targeted with visa restrictions, Mr. Pompeo’s statement came a day after the administration announced new export restrictions on U.S. products exported to 28 Chinese entities, including elements of the Public Security Bureau and commercial companies in Xinjiang.

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  1. Good for those Chinese Officials that US have restrict visa to them and will teach them a lesson on the decisions or action they had.


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